Backstreet Boys’ ‘A Very Backstreet Christmas’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums Chart

Backstreet Boys debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart with the group’s first seasonal effort, A Very Backstreet Christmas. The set launches atop the list dated Oct. 29 with 20,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Luminate.

Also bowing the Oct. 29-dated chart: Reba’s The Ultimate Christmas Collection (No. 14), the Country Christmas Greatest Hits compilation (No. 24), Selah’s At This Table: A Christmas Album (No. 26), the Now That’s What I Call a Wonderful Christmas compilation (No. 31) and Jim Brickman’s A Very Merry Christmas (No. 32).

The seasonal Top Holiday Albums chart returned to Billboard’s weekly chart menu for the current season with the Oct. 22-dated chart. That week, the top debut was Lindsey Stirling’s Snow Waltz at No. 2, while the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas spent a 12th nonconsecutive week atop the list. Top Holiday Albums will continue to be published on a weekly basis through January of 2023, when it will dash away until the next holiday season. (The chart generally returns every October.)

The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the 50 most popular seasonal albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each units equals one album sales, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

The Oct. 29-dated Top Holiday Albums chart is populated by festive favorites that have decorated the chart through the years, including Michael Bublé’s Christmas, Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas, Josh Groban’s Noel, Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (the survey’s all-time top title) and Carrie Underwood’s My Gift.

Upcoming holiday album releases that could impact the Top Holiday Albums chart include: Gloria Estefan, Emily Estefan and Sasha Estefan-Coppola’s Estefan Family Christmas (Oct. 13); Chris Isaak’s Everybody Knows It’s Christmas (released Oct. 14); Andrea, Matteo and Virginia Bocelli’s A Family Christmas (Oct. 21); Crowder’s Milk & Cookies: A Merry Crowder Christmas (Oct. 21); Debbie Gibson’s Winterlicious (Oct. 21); Thomas Rhett’s Merry Christmas, Y’all (Oct. 21); Pentatonix’s Holidays Around the World (Oct. 28); Alicia KeysSanta Baby (Nov. 4); Jane Monheit’s The Merriest (Nov. 4); Michael W. Smith’s Christmas at Home (Nov. 4); Switchfoot’s This Is Our Christmas Album (Nov. 4); Louis Armstrong’s Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule (Nov. 11); Nelson, A Nelson Family Christmas (Nov. 11); Loreena McKennitt, Under a Winter’s Moon (Nov. 18); André Rieu, Silver Bells (Nov. 18); the Spirited soundtrack (Nov. 18); David Foster and Katharine McPhee’s Christmas Songs (Nov. 25); and Cliff Richard’s Christmas With Cliff (Nov. 25).

Keith Caulfield